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UK embassy to provide visa services at doorstep

DHAKA : People wishing to apply for a UK visa will now be able to use the On Demand Mobile Visa (ODMV) service which allows applicants who are resident in Dhaka to submit their UK visa application much closer to home. The Dhaka ODMV is part of UK Visas and Immigration’s proactive approach to constant […]

100pc creative questions in PEC exam from this yr

DHAKA : Amid huge criticisms over the leakage of question papers of different public examinations, the government has decided to hold the PEC with 100 percent creative and competency-based questions from this year, reports UNB. The National Academy for Primary Examination (NAPE) on Sunday issued a notice in this regard. The structure of creative questions […]

Khaleda not eligible to contest polls : CEC

DHAKA : Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) AKM Nurul Huda yesterday said BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia, who was convicted in a graft case, is not eligible to contest the next general election in the current perspective, reports BSS. “If Khaleda Zia lodges an appeal to the Supreme Court against the lower court verdict and the […]

Khaleda being deprived of minimum lawful facilities in jail : Fakhrul

DHAKA : BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday alleged that their chairperson Khaleda Zia is being deprived of minimum lawful facilities in jail, reports UNB. “The government has convicted our leader (Khaleda) unfairly by completely politicising the judiciary. They’re now depriving her of minimum lawful facilities in jail,” he said. The BNP […]

UK brings visa services at much closer to home

DHAKA : People wishing to apply for a UK visa will now be able to use the On Demand Mobile Visa (ODMV) service which allows applicants who are resident in Dhaka to submit their UK visa application much closer to home, reports UNB. The Dhaka ODMV is part of UK Visas and Immigration’s proactive approach […]

Khaleda’s lawyers finally get certified copy of verdict

DHAKA : The lawyers of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Monday afternoon finally received the certified copy of the verdict sentencing the BNP chief to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, reports UNB. Khaleda’s lawyer Advocate Sanaullah Mia received the 1174-page copy of the verdict around 4:30 pm. On February 8 […]

Murder-suspect killed in city ‘gunfight’

DHAKA : A suspect of Saturday’s Merul Badda murder incident was killed in a reported gunfight with detectives in Satarkul area of Badda in the capital early Sunday, reports UNB. The deceased was identified as Nurul Islam Alias Nuru, 30. Earlier on Saturday, police with the help of local people caught Nuru along with a […]

No wicked person in police force to be tolerated: Minister

SANGSAD BHABAN : Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday told Parliament that the Police Headquarters has taken a ‘zero tolerance’ policy against wicked persons in the police force, reports UNB. As the main law enforcement agency of the country, Bangladesh Police has been performing its duty relentlessly with the attitude of punishing wicked persons and […]

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Commercial plane crashes in southern Iran, killing 66 people

TEHRAN : An Iranian commercial plane crashed on Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, killing all 66 people on board, state media reported, reports UNB. An Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near its destination of the southern Iranian city of Yasuj, some 780 kilometers […]

US to continue political, humanitarian support to Bangladesh

DHAKA : The United States has assured Bangladesh of its continued political and humanitarian support in addressing huge man-made Rohingya crisis, reports UNB. Deputy Assistant to the US President and Senior Director for South and Central Asia at the National Security Council in the White House Lisa Curtis made the assurance during her meeting with […]

23 BNP leaders face arrest warrant in 2015 sabotage case

DHAKA : A court here on Sunday issued a warrant for the arrest of 23 BNP men, including its joint secretary general Barkatullah Bulu, journalist leader Shawkat Mahmud, in a sabotage case with Ramna Police Station in 2015, reports UNB. M Kamrul Hossain Mollah, judge of the Metropolitan Session’s Court, passed the order taking cognisance […]

UK lifts ban on air cargo flights from Dhaka

DHAKA : The United Kingdom has withdrawn its ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London following a significant progress made in meeting a number of important security conditions, reports UNB. Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shahjahan Kamaland British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Alison Blake on Sundaycame up with the announcement at a […]

Ekushey Book Fair a friends’ rendezvous

Dhaka : Amar Ekushey Book Fair has turned out to be a grand meeting place for friends of different age groups, coming from different city neighbourhoods and educational institutions – all in a common pursuit to seek knowledge and spend quality time with pals. In a great ambience that the Ekushey Book Fair offers, friends […]

NBR to go tough against tax dodging foreign workers

DHAKA : In a bid to bring all foreign workers under tax net the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has planned to go tough against foreign nationals who are working here for a long but not paying income tax, reports UNB. The NBR has already sent letters to its all tax zones seeking list of […]

BNP begins signature collection from mass people

DHAKA : BNP on Saturday began collecting signatures from mass people demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail, reports UNB. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir launched the programme from its Naya Paltan central office in the morning. Standing Committee members of the party put their signatures on a form as […]

4th free clinic in west Darfur by BD peacekeepers

DHAKA : UNAMID’s Bangladeshi peacekeepers have teamed up with the Rule of Law section to organise a free medical clinic for the inmates and prison officers at Ardamata Prison, West Darfur, reports UNB. This joint civilian-military exercise served some 214 people who received basic medical examinations-treatment for common ailments as well as malaria screening-and free […]

Immediate Rohingya repatriation ‘unlikely’

DHAKA : The repatriation of Rohingyas living in Bangladesh may take further time as the verification of the first-batch list of Rohingyas, handed over by Bangladesh, ‘depends on Myanmar’ as there is no specific timeframe to complete it, reports UNB. Besides, a favourable and safe environment in Rakhine State, which is necessary for the much-sought […]

UN expects fair polls in Bangladesh

DHAKA : The United Nations has expressed the hope that a favourable climate will be created in Bangladesh to hold a free and fair election, reports UNB. “…like in any country, this is our principal position that a climate could be created where free and fair elections could take place,” Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane […]

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BD hands over list of 8,032 Rohingyas

DHAKA : Bangladesh has handed over a list of 1673 families of 8032 Rohingays to start the first phase of repatriation of Rohingyas living in Bangladesh. “The Myanmar side has cordially accepted the list,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told reporters after over three hours of meeting with his Myanmar counterpart at the Secretariat. He […]

A different school for school children

Desk Report : While Dhaka city dwellers are habituated to see most of the schools as well-decorated, furnished and high-rise buildings, anyone will surely be surprised at witnessing a school made of small tin-roof shanty at a park in the capital. Every corner of the park is filled with wastes, garbage and dustbins, where there […]

BNP loses strength to stage agitation: AL leaders

Khulna Correspondent : Central leaders of Bangladesh Awami League (AL) yesterday said BNP has lost its strength to stage agitation on the street after its chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia sent to jail in Zia Orphanage Graft case on February 8 last. About the misrules, corruption, militancy and terrorism of the BNP-Jamaat, they said the trial […]

14pc adult population victims of hypertension: Study

DHAKA : Hypertension is one of the major Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) which affects 14 per cent of the adult population in Bangladesh. The information was revealed in the updated ‘Bangladesh Health Watch Report’ under the title ‘Non-Communicable Diseases in Bangladesh: Current Scenario and Future Directions.’ The report said that around 14 per cent of Bangladeshi […]

Lost history of liberation war to be rediscovered: Asaduzzaman Noor

DHAKA : Culture Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor on Friday said conscious citizens and historians will have to play the main role to restore and rediscover the lost history of the liberation war, reports UNB. The minister said this while addressing the inaugural function of “Walking Museum: University of Dhaka in 1971 and Genocide” organised by […]

Govt to bring back Tarique Rahman soon: Shajahan

MADARIPUR : Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan yesterday said BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman, recently convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case, will be brought back home soon through the International Criminal Police Organization or Interpol. The minister said this while inaugurating the new building of Charmuguria Merchant Bahumukhi High School yesterday morning, reports […]